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6.201: MINN - Bucky Hodges [TE #84] Virginia Tech
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rpmwr19


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eh, more of a Jimmy Graham.

Gronkowski blocks.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rpmwr19 wrote:
Eh, more of a Jimmy Graham.

Gronkowski blocks.


Yeah, size-wise he's in line with both guys but his skill set better compares with Graham.

Graham: 6-6, 260 lbs
Gronk: 6-6, 258 lbs
Hodges: 6-6, 257 lbs
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Again Waldman had Hodges has his 3rd tight end and in the first tier with this to say

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If youíre a fantasy owner in need of a tight end that misses out on Howard or Njoku, you might have the dumb luck of landing the consolation gift thatís better than the grand prize. Unless Alabama limited O.J. Howard so much that we discover heís the next Ozzie Newsome, Bucky Hodges is the best receiving tight end in this class, and I donít know if itís even close.Think about the targets Jimmy Graham earned with Drew Brees: back-shoulder fades against tight coverage, slants with defenders draped over his back, and leaping seam routes between a linebacker and safety clamping down on him. Hodges has experienced and converted most of these scenarios at Virginia Tech...


Also had this to say

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Hodges is the best receiving tight end in this class and definitely the past two, if not three classes. If using a downfield option, he's better than the other two if you don't need him as primary blocker. If designated a wide receiver, he'll be No.3 on the RSP's WR board.

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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like him a lot. He makes it as a nice red zone threat. He gives them another pass catching TE option on the board. Hopefully he can become more consistent and stop the body catching. But I don't care if he never becomes a good inline blocker (if he can get to acceptable that would be nice), because if his receiving ability is as good as it should be, he'll be worth the pick.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mismatch weapon. Was excited when this pick was announced.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

is it just me or does he fall down after catching a lot? i could see that becoming pretty annoying.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paradise lost wrote:
is it just me or does he fall down after catching a lot? i could see that becoming pretty annoying.


We won't care if it's in the endzone lol.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paradise lost wrote:
is it just me or does he fall down after catching a lot? i could see that becoming pretty annoying.

He is not necessarily a very good YAC guy.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rpmwr19 wrote:
paradise lost wrote:
is it just me or does he fall down after catching a lot? i could see that becoming pretty annoying.

He is not necessarily a very good YAC guy.


That said, I've never seen so many direct snaps or end around snaps for a TE in my life Shocked

Also, I love his production and tape in jump ball situations. He knows how to use his body to shied off the defender a la Jimmy Graham. I can see him becoming a real weapon there since we don't have too many plus jump ball skilled players on this team right now.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Important to remember, this will only be his fourth full season as a pass-catcher. He was a QB until six weeks into his redshirt year, when he was asked to play as Eric Ebron on the scout team.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just put him in.the end zone and throw the ball high enough to where only he and his 39inch vertical can catch it.
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Catches like Tarzan.
Leaps like Cheetah.
Blocks like...
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So glad they picked him. He brings an element that the offense is currently lacking.
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yfz01 wrote:
This guy has an insane vertical, but he loves to catch it with his body. I hope someone teaches him to catch the ball at the highest point.

Yeah, that's the first thing I noticed in his tape. But he also made some nice catches of passes that were off-target, so at least he does have good hands. He seems like another one of those picks based on great athletic ability who could turn into a development project. Or maybe the Vikings already know he's a project. Not bad value for the 6th round.
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TENINCH wrote:
Just put him in.the end zone and throw the ball high enough to where only he and his 39inch vertical can catch it.


I don't know why he didn't use it more in college. At least this past year. Rarely would leave his feet
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